Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation
Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually.
It has cost lives recently, too; four people died after taking ecstasy pills made from a high concentration of the chemical PMMA instead of MDMA late in 2014. At least 765 died of a heroin overdose in 2013 – up 32 per cent on the year previous. Over 2,000 deaths were drug related overall. If MDMA was sold as part of a regulated market, it would save lives overnight.
The Independent (UK)
Saturday, January 31, 2015